Thursday, March 23, 2017

On Tap: Attica, Port Royal, Mercer, and Mansfield Highlight Weekend Action

Who needs March Madness when there is a glorious menu of dirt laid out before us in the upper mid Atlantic/Ohio Valley, such as there is this weekend! To be honest, we at TDN are this close to checking in to a dirt addiction rehab facility. But that should come to an end this Friday and Saturday, and thank god for that. The shakes have been rough, we're not going to lie, and there's been some other symptoms on display at the TDN home office. We're hoping all that can come to an end this weekend.

Elaine and Jim Collum

Now then....let's talk about what's on tap this weekend!

First up this year, it's a great offering from our friends at the Duck Rabbit Brewing Company who make uncommonly good stuff.  It might be a little bit rainy here and there, and a bit chilly. And you're going to need something stout in the parking lot as you do your tailgate thing, and their Milk Stout is perfect for this weekend. There's a great contrast at work in each bottle, the sweet edge of the lactose fermentation versus the robust grains, delivered with 5.7% alcohol, so you can have a few of them without falling over!

Okay, let's talk about the weather. Right now,'s looked better. Looks like a 40-60 percent chance of rain or showers on Saturday.  And on Friday, Attica looks a good bit better. Does that mean you should just pack it in and say forget it?  Hell NO! The rule is, you go until you get the cancellation text.  Hopefully if it looks like a lost cause early enough, tracks will have the foresight to cancel. But if it's becoming time to depart and the green light is on the track website and you've got no text.....get going! It's our job to help fill bleachers.

Here's your weather links:

Port Royal:

So with that said, pick one and go! That's an order!! And save us a beer with some dirt in it!

Attica Raceway Park:

Friday March 24- Gates open at 5 PM

Byron Reed and Matt Irey look to defend their 2017 championships starting this Friday as the F.A.S.T 410 Sprints, Super Late Models and 305 Sprints grace the surface for the first time this season at the legendary Ohio speed plant.  Look for some surprise invaders and an appearance from Australian Sean Zemunik who joins the action this season. Our own Rachel Wynkoop will be live on the scene covering the action. If you're in the area, don't miss it!

Mansfield Motor Speedway:

Saturday March 25- Gates open at 3 PM

There is virtually no way to lose if you love some things with wings......and without.  Round 1 of the Spring Series at Mansfield opens up this Saturday featuring a tri fecta of $5,000 to win features including Super Late Models, 410 Sprints and Wingless Sprints as well. The asphalt is gone, and the dirt should be in fantastic shape! Expect some Pennsylvania invaders to come crash the party in the 410 Sprints, while Michael Lake looks to continue his hot start in the Super Late Models. Dustin Jarrett is on the mike and there should be tons of cars in the pits!

Port Royal Speedway:

Saturday March 25- Gates Open at 3 PM

The Port opens up their amazing schedule with extra money on the line for the 410 Sprints and Super Late Models, and joining them will be the Mason/Dixon Shootout Series for the 358 Late Models. Doug Esh and Andy Haus will start their championship defenses in the 410 and Super Late Models respectively and will be joined by some stout invaders looking to take home the prize. Should be an awesome night of racing at a truly great facility.

Mercer Raceway Park:

Saturday March 25- Gates Open at 4 PM

Pat Miller Photo

It's the annual "Chiller Thriller" at Mercer Saturday night which kick's off the BRP Mod Tour slate.  Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson and a few more invaders will be in action to take on the heavyweights of the Western, PA/Eastern, OH Big Block and Small Block Modified scene. Also in action will be the UEMS Modifieds, Open Stocks and Crate Late Models. If you're a modified fan, this is worth coming down for as one never knows who'll join the party to shake down for their upcoming season.

Also in action this week!

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